[Papercut Press] 2002-02-04 - Sins of Presumption

Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on the earth who continually does good and who never sins.

I was amazed today as I did a short study on presumptuous sins. There is talk about them all over the Bible and I'm not sure how I have been so ignorant on this topic in the past. Sins of presumption are really the height of arrogance. Such sins are, if you will excuse my Latin, like flipping God off. The Christian who engages in sins of presumption is like one who trusts God's goodness, but refuses to obey His will for them. So let's look at sins of presumption from God's Word today and even more, let us look at our hearts.

What I intend not to do today is to tell you what particular sins might be or are sins of presumption. We all have a conscience, that will suffice. Rather, I would like to look in a more general manner at the topic in a broader context. I would compare sins of presumption to something that is of a habitual nature and therefore almost like a kind of sickness. There is a stupidity that comes with some sins as Christ pointed out in Luke 12:48 "Consequently, you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it is they who killed them, and you build their tombs."But there is also a nature to sin that is like the sins of the Israelites who simply could never seem to "get it."

Psalm 78:17 Yet they continued to sin against Him; to rebel against the Most High in the desert.

We could redefine here sins of presumption as simple obstinacy against God. It is easy to look around us and see this everywhere, but don't fall into that trap. Look at your own heart. Let us not be like those who said to Jeremiah, "As for the message that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we are not going to listen to you!" (Jeremiah 44:16) Talk about obstinacy! I would be hard pressed to find a better example. There is Psalm 36:1-4 which can also help us here. Verse 1 says, "Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes." And maybe that is the key to sins of presumption, they show a total lack of the fear of God.

There is a lot more to be said here, but for the sake of space, let us simply move forward and take a moment to speak of the wonders of God's grace. If you struggle with sin, God's grace far outshines your struggles and His grace is more than your sins could ever add up too. If you don't struggle with sin: you lie. We are to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). As we do this we get to know that, yes, we are sinners. But, also as we do this we learn to say with Paul, "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9,10).

Soli Deo Gloria,

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